There are many single mothers who are struggling financially as they are unable to meet their financial obligations to care for their children and cannot find the money to go back to school to gain a degree in order to improve their financial situations and be better able to care for their children. This problem can be resolved with the numerous grants that are now being provided by government agencies, schools as well as private organizations to help the single mothers attain a higher education.
Grants, unlike loans do not need to be repaid. There are several school grants that are available to single mothers such as: the Pell Grant, the Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), the Academic Competitive Grant (ACG, College Grants as well as numerous state grants which may be available in your area.
The Pell Grant is available for students, including single mothers who want to pursue undergraduate degrees. It is a needs-based grant that is awarded to students which the greatest financial need. There is no state or school deadline to apply for the Pell Grant and the amount may vary between $400.00 and $5,350.00 per year for eligible applicants. Before applying for the Pell Grant students must file an application with Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a needs-based grant for low-income individuals to promote access to post-secondary education. The grants are available at any one of the approximately 4000 postsecondary institutions who participate in the program. The amount awarded is determined by the institution but may vary between $100.00 and $4000.00 per year. In order to qualify for this grant the student must fill out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) form.
Academic Competitive Grant (ACG)
The Academic Competitive Grant (ACG) is another needs-based granted provided by the Federal Government to assist students with the greatest financial needs. The ACG provides up to $750.00 for the first year of study and up to $1300.00 for the second year of study. In order to qualify for the ACG grant students must be eligible for the Pell Grant and must complete and file a Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) application form.
Many colleges have realized the value of the single mother to their population and as such have started to offer grants to single mothers to pursue higher education. To acquire these grants it is important to contact the institution and submit an application for entry as we as complete the application for the grant. In order to qualify for college grants you must file a Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA).
State grants for Single Mothers
Many states provide school grants for single mothers. To find grants that are available for single mothers in your state research your state’s higher education resources and then apply. Bear in mind that there are thousands of women who will apply for these grants so also research grants that are provided by specific schools and other private organizations for single mothers.